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- Harbaugh to Michigan confirmed
- A good 2015 recruiting class inked because of #1
- News that Hoke lands on his feet somewhere good
- Effective identification of talent and effective recruiting
- Effective development of talent
- Effective utilization of talent
|1 day 11 hours ago||Not ridiculous at all ...||
Not ridiculous at all ... just leading edge.
This is the new world of top-tier college football. Within a few years there'll be a half dozen other coaches pulling similar amounts.
The arms-race is on. Bring it.
|1 day 11 hours ago||Make things even better||
Make things even better --
|1 day 22 hours ago||Expectations||
I've been thinking about the expecations thing for the last few days.
I have very little doubt Harbaugh will bring an immediate renewal of focus and intensity to the football program.
Consistent 9+ win seasons is the floor for a program like Michigan. I think Harbaugh can achieve that.
The issue is getting to the next level -- which is where Urban Meyer is, which is where Nick Saban is. That takes:
As I look at that list, I'm struck by how Hoke (sadly) failed at #2 and #3. Meyer and Saban seem to hit on all cylinders. Harbaugh's time at Stanford suggests he's capable of all three cylinders firing as well.
|2 days 18 hours ago||Amen! I too wear the pleated||
Amen! I too wear the pleated pants on occasion.
I'm 6' and run 175. And I'm 55 years old.
The only way a 55 year old man can look good in clothes meant for a 25 year old is if the man is really fit. I'm talking really fit. Then he can maybe pull it off. Otherwise, he looks like a 55 year old man trying to look like a 25 year old.
Plus, pleated pants provide a little more room, which means comfort. And at age 55 I have learned that comfort trumps style every single time.
|5 days 15 hours ago||The day here in Tucson dawned||
The day here in Tucson dawned ominous -- dark clouds, then heavy rains.
It's clear now ... just as there'll be better days for Michigan's BBall team as the season progresses.
|1 week 5 days ago||Watching TCU ISU right now.||
Watching TCU ISU right now. Mood here in Tucson a bit somber after last night's game. My wife's annual Christmas cookie exchange is today. I rescue the husbands who attend by having the games on. The ladies gather on one side of the room, while the guys huddle around the TV.
|1 week 6 days ago||I think it's pretty tough to||
I think it's pretty tough to leave the undefeated defending champions out
I hear you ... but I think there's sentiment in the committee to cast a wary eye at FSU for their play this year. In previous years an undefeated FSU would be ranked #1, but with this year's mechanism they're #3.
A FSU loss to GT will push them out of the playoffs ... unless a lot of other losses take place.
A FSU win keeps them in the playoffs ... unless the win is just horrible. I'm not talking close. I'm talking GT trying their best to hand the game to FSU, and FSU acting like they don't want to win. It's unlikely ... a win by FSU pretty much assures they're in the playoff of 4.
|1 week 6 days ago||There's some truth to this.||
There's some truth to this. Ohio State has not been invincible. Michigan could have won in 2012 - 2014 with better coaching and better game management. If we were looking at Urban Meyer three years in with two or three losses to Michigan, the Urban Meyer narrative would definitely be different.
Still, that said, he's a really good coach. That can't be denied. Is he the greatest coach of all time? No.
|1 week 6 days ago||A win will almost certainly||
A win will almost certainly get the Buckeyes in the College Football final four
That's a bold statement. A win is required for the Buckeyes to be in that discussion, but a win doesn't assure anything.
One playoff slot is locked up (Oregon). Of the other three (Alabama, TCU and FSU), all three are favored in today's games. (But watch out TCU, Iowa State is tricky in these late-season games!)
Ohio State's playoff chances require: (1) a good win over Wisconsin, and (2) a loss or really sloppy win by FSU.
I can't see any scenario where Urban Meyer is not retained by Ohio State. As others have noted, he's definitely a top-tier coach. He stays at OSU as long as he wants to stay at OSU.
|1 week 6 days ago||Sloppy conditions and two||
Sloppy conditions and two nervous, uptight teams ...
|1 week 6 days ago||That's what you think he||
That's what you think he thinks you think he wants us to think. :-)
|1 week 6 days ago||On the scale of 1 to 10,||
On the scale of 1 to 10, where 10 is pure manball .. I'd put Mullen at 3 or 4. Just my two cents.
I'm no X's and O's guy ... but what my eyes see is that a dominating defensive line can disrupt the hell out a pure spread team. And the SEC is full of really good defensive line players. So I would think Mullen has learned to adapt a bit. Hence my "3 or 4" answer.
|1 week 6 days ago||I should have been more clear||
I should have been more clear -- I wasn't irritated with what you wrote. As you say, you're just reporting what was mentioned elsewhere.
My "irritation" is with false-choice arguments in general. They seem the staple in modern day debates. I see it come up in this football discussion frequently -- it's either Oregon spread or 1970's Michigan manball. Nothing inbetween. When in fact, there's plenty inbetween.
|2 weeks 14 min ago||None of us can answer that,||
None of us can answer that, of course ... but I would imagine any competitive tier-one coach would bristle at being seen as a second choice.
That said, lots of things enter into a decision, and when the calculus is done a yes might be the answer.
|2 weeks 16 min ago||14 candidates!? Thorough,||
Thorough, perhaps. But excessive.
There's the list, then there the list.
|2 weeks 18 min ago||I read that as a signal to||
I read that as a signal to current players that they'll still have a role. In other words: don't transfer, please ... stay put.
I don't read that as a signal that we'll necessarily get a three-yards / dust type of coach.
The false-choice positioning of manball vs. spread is irritating. Plenty of programs have elements of both.
|2 weeks 21 min ago||I like the idea of Harbaugh||
I like the idea of Harbaugh as first choice because I think this program needs a swift kick in the ass ... a no bullshit ass-whipping to get talent onhand to play. Plus, as others have noted, Harbaugh vs. Dantonio and Harbaugh vs. Meyer is some real drama. It'd be great.
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||UCLA vs. Arizona?||
but he still doesn't seem like the guy who could beat Urban consistently
He was able to beat Rodriguez and Arizona. Held Arizona to 255 total yards.
Not trying to start a Rodriguez debate (seriously, I'm not) ... but if Mora is capable of that it seems he'd be capable of beating Meyer.
|2 weeks 18 hours ago||Go big or go home ... what's||
Go big or go home ... what's life without extrapolating hypotheticals out to infinity?
|2 weeks 18 hours ago||It's Bill Belichick. And||
It's Bill Belichick. And he's bringing Tom Brady with him. They rooted around Brady's records and he has two years eligibility left.
|2 weeks 21 hours ago||Agree ... that's one of the||
Agree ... that's one of the funnier GIFs I've seen lately! :-)
|2 weeks 22 hours ago||I suspect this is a||
I suspect this is a definitional thing ... the definition of "turned around."
The record shows that at both Ball State and SDSU Hoke had increasingly more wins up to the point he departed.
Is your view of "turned around" more comprehensive than that? If so, what criteria would you use to determine when a program has been turned around?
|2 weeks 22 hours ago||I don't feel like doing any||
I don't feel like doing any real work today (rainy and gloomy here in Tucson), so I'll play along.
Helfrich -- that's a new name in the hat. Interesting. Current players at Michigan are not quite in the Oregon mold. But if Helfrich believes the skillset determines the offense (as Chip Kelly does), then maybe this could work?
I doubt we'd hear about this as soon as this weekend given Oregon is at present in the playoff, pending outcome of Friday night's game.
Gundy -- all I've read about him is he's dyed-in-the-wool Oklahoma boy and would stay OSU.
Malzahn -- this is a bold speculation. Saban may be practically the governor of Alabama, but Malzahn is not far behind. Passions run deep in Alabama, and for those who aren't 'Bama fans (and there's a lot who are not 'Bama fans), the competing passion is Auburn.
Of your three, the Helfrich name is the one that made me stop and think, "There's a name I'd not considered before."
|2 weeks 1 day ago||If true, this strikes me as||
If true, this strikes me as Florida hoping McElwain is a little like Meyer coming from Utah.
The parallel is not quite perfect ... but this is definitely something different from hiring on an established big-name coach like Mullen.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||That's the case the folks at||
That's the case the folks at ESPN made about Chip Kelly and either Florida or U-M ... "Go to Kelly and make him say no."
|2 weeks 1 day ago||If Harbaugh is hired, and if||
If Harbaugh is hired, and if we don't see improvement ... then it's time to test the water in Ann Arbor to see what the heck is going on.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||This. Exactly. If the||
If the objective is to get as many wins as you can with the talent that's available to you, then a spread-oriented offense tends to do that. If the QB is relatively competent at passing and is a credible run threat, then it makes defending the offense harder.
A pro-style offense could dominate, but there's just not enough elite-level players that fit that style. Getting them all to one school is getting harder and harder. A moderately talented pro-style team is less effective than a moderately talented spread-style team.
The thing I can't understand is why so many think it has to be either / or ... as if it's either a hundred slot-ninjas running spread-n-shred or it has to be a lumbering two-TE with three in the backfield. The two styles can be blended. Look at OSU, FSU ... heck, Belichick and the NE Patriots run spread elements along with TE sets.
I like what Chip Kelly says: "You tell me what skills I have to work with and I'll tell you what offense I'm going to run." Mold the offense to maximize the skill assets on hand.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||The new normal.Wait until||
The new normal.
Wait until they expand the playoff from 4 to 8, and the pressure really falls on programs to make the 8. The war for talent and coaches is going to heat to red hot.
(We're seeing the pressure to get to the top 4 now, but only a small handful of teams have a legitimate claim or hope for that. But with an 8 team playoff the number of programs that can hope/reach goes to 12 or so ... and I think we'll see about that many programs step up the arms race big time to be in that super-group of 12 competing for a slot in the 8.)
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Memories of high school math||
Memories of high school math and Venn diagrams come to mind :-)
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Just don't be a dick. Good||
Just don't be a dick.
Good advice for life, not just football games.